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our next award is the spirit of a quality award. this goes to [unintelligible] did i get that right? sorry. [applause] she is the commissioner of the san francisco's human rights commission. she is a computer scientist and is involved in many charitable civic organizations and has served on a number of boards. she is the co-chair of the local
enterprise advisory committee, with the efforts of the airport commission and psa, the transit lounge was created at the san francisco international airport to host visitors who are under review for citizenship in the u.s.. she worked to start the human trafficking awareness campaign, resulting in the creation of the san francisco coalition against human trafficking and today it consists over -- over 100 organizations working to end human trafficking. please join me in congratulating her. [applause] >> thank you so much. thank you for this wonderful award. i am truly honored to be in the
company of so many of wit -- amazing women who are working diligently to make a difference in give a voice to the voiceless. i had the privilege of working with norma on human trafficking. when we started on that, no one knew what it was. it took a lot of talks and going around to bring a bit of awareness to human trafficking. but through the coalition against human trafficking, we have succeeded to increase the awareness tremendously, but we are far away from ending this horrific crime. i would like to give a shout to page for the amazing work they have done with exploited women in general and i would like to welcome our international women to this conference today. thank you for coming and for all of the work you have done in this field. i also want to talk about equality in general.
the spirit of equality reside in all of us. we all want a better life. for our children, families, and communities, and for the world that we live in. due to global economy and technological advancements, the world has become very small. this has many benefits as -- and pitfalls, as anything else. our geography has tremendously improved. now we know where greece is. we even know where afghanistan, iraq, and iran are. i remember when i came to the united states from iran to go to school, i had to fill out some applications and they have some boxes. the boxes were caucasian, black, asian, hispanic, etc.. i had to give a bit of thought to the purpose of these boxes in which box by fit in. so, i was born in iran and it
is in the continent of asia, a marked agent. so, in asian. you should have seen the look on the administrator when i turned in my application. today those boxes no longer applied. we all live in one world and we are all the same. we are part of the same energy. we can no longer take the attitude of not in my backyard. in today's world, if someone in china sneezes, we all catch the flu in san francisco. we have seen the impact of such a ripple effect in the recent economic crisis. in today's global economy, peace in the least, the aids epidemic in africa, the world hunger crisis, and making sure that
every child has access to a decent education is all -- our responsibility. we have to use diplomacy to prevent war. we have to have compassion for mankind, no matter which continent they are from or which color they are, creed or religion. we all have to do our part to bring peace, harmony, and equality to the world. thank you so much for this amazing award. [applause]
[unintelligible] >> congratulations. before i give the next award, we have about 10 more minutes if everyone could please stay, that would be great, thank you. our next award is the community advocate of the year award. this goes to sandy. [applause] she is a founding member of [unintelligible] founded in 1971 and served as development director until retiring in december 2009.
she's also a founding member of the national pacific research center on aging, based in seattle. she was appointed by the late mayor for the kent -- the commission on the status of women, where she served from 76 until 8. she was the first asian-american woman to chair a city commission in 1979, where she served on the national committee. please join me in congratulating her. [applause] >> good afternoon, everyone. first of all, i would like to thank shelley and the global arts and education organization. when you do advocacy work, you do not do it alone. i learned most of my values from my parents, especially my mother, who just turned 99. [applause]
she still lives in her own home. i want to thank my friends and colleagues who are here today, because they are the ones that i have worked with all these years, supporting senior issues, dealing with japan town cultural preservation issues, we have all worked together and that is what it takes to get things done. this award is very special to me. not only did i know norma, because she succumbed to the health commission to testify and advocate for her beliefs and goals, also another reason why this is special is because the first person that got this award was one of our health commissioners. [applause] i knew norma as a very inspirational woman who was very
committed. you heard so many wonderful things about her, and they are all true. the fact sheet rate -- created this organization and that the interim director took it to another level to where it is today, i just want to say that as we celebrate international women's day today, let's not forget all the women who have gone before us who have done amazing work and brought us to this place where we are today and have made a lot of progress. thank you very much. [laughter] [applause]
in your dream ♪ [applause] for us, and it makes me emotional, because that song was absolutely perfect for the reason that jules is going to , and so is rose. ladies, get on up here. as i mentioned to you earlier, our fiscal sponsor his women's in a cultural network. it was started by an angel, and we are all the others in her wings. one of the most incredible women. she has worked for years with planned parenthood. she created women's and a cultural network and another program attached to it called california women's agenda.
you will have been all over the state of california, the thousands of women in a heartbeat. she has dedicated her life to it. she just came back from 10 days at the u.n. conference for women advocating for the city of san francisco among others to get the fifth world conference on women here. we cleared a hurdle and are closer to bringing the world conference on women here. we will be hearing more about that. [applause] for me and for these women, because we have talked about it, we could not have made it without this incredible individual. i want to bring up for a special lifetime achievement award, someone that we love dearly, ms. marilyn fowler. [applause]
family, where are you? -- emily, where are you? [applause] we have been partnering with the commission on women here from day one, and it has become a model globally. we convened some panels there. i moderated their panel, emily and the commission's panel. emily moderated the panel we did on merle and indigenous women, which was the theme of the un conference. everyone knows that you cannot do anything with those kinds of partnerships, without governmental and non- governmental women working together. we also did that with secretary clinton in september.
she had her aipac conference. one of the meetings i had when i was on the east coast was in the secretary's office with water for foreign policy advisers who said they really need our help and following up the aipac conference with a non- governmental women's. we are pretty sure we will have a world conference on women. and xtech is to hold it here in san francisco. -- the next step is to hold it here in san francisco. [applause] we have these buttons. you need to be wearing these. thank you for coming, thank you to shelley for putting this together for us. thank you for helping to take women globally and giving them a voice. that is our mission. [applause] >> we have to keep that spirit
-- and we had to keep that secret for a long time. like a lot of you, she would rather be on vacation, but she is up doing work, even when she is not feeling well. thank you all for coming. i posted on facebook i would probably sound like they'd been a downer with all the statistics, could you send me some of your favorites of lifting statistics? this one is from eleanor roosevelt. no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. this is on my car, which i have had for two decades. well-behaved women seldom make history. no offense to the men in this room. this is from an anonymous. women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. certain men.
tonight? my name is chris. and welcome to the 32nd annual mfac awards. i know we are having a lot of fun in the back. if we could have everybody bring down the volume, we could get started and get back to the fun stuff. all right. hey, on behalf of spur and the folks on the mfac committee, i want to welcome everybody tonight. these events do not just happen. a lot of folks put a lot of work on from selecting the winners to sponsoring the event. if folks could just hold the volume in the back a little bit, we could get through this. i first want to thank our biggest sponsor, and dignity health and wade rose. [applause] i want to thank pg&e. i want to thank the academy of art university, the folks at
aecom, comcast, kmd architects, recology. my favorite giver is anonymous. thank you, anonymous, whoever you are. now? if you have a cocktail in your hand, or you are about to find a couple, i want you to find david from the laborers. all the drinks tonight are being brought to you by laborers 261. let's give them a big round of applause. [applause] they are responsible for your hangovers. let's begin this great award. i first want to introduce cory, who is doing
-- ok, we're having our first technical difficulty. i want to bring up corey marshall, who has done all the work that goes into the mfac award and the great government consulting as they pick the products to bring a lot of innovation to san francisco. cory? give cory a round of applause. [applause] >> thank you, chris. thank you so much for all of your hard work, chris. none of this could be possible without your efforts. good evening. the good government awards are incredibly important in san francisco. it's a chance for us to honor the tremendous work that happens in the city and also to honor
the individuals who are responsible for some of that success. congratulations to all of our honorees. we're very grateful for your work. let's give a hand for them. [applause] the good government awards also support spur's good government work. it is a central part of our mission. our agenda is admittedly ambitious. we analyze every local measure on the san francisco ballot, which until recently was a pretty formidable task. we participate in most of the major issues of city government from pension and payroll tax reform to some of the most important discussions on how we fund a lot of our public services, whether that finding different revenue streams for our parks, are trying to find new ways to fund public transportation in the city. we're very happy to be working with mayor lee and the board to address a lot of these issues. this will clearly be a busy
year for us. another component of our work is connecting the city's robuspro o assistance with our many business partners. this is a core part of mfac original purpose in san francisco. we are focused on building this capacity once again. as everyone here knows, the nature of how cities are doing business is changing. fundamentally. costly federal and state mandates continue to squeeze local budgets. increasing costs are forcing discussions about how we provide services. technology is requiring that we move more quickly than we have in a long time. building a network of partners to support our city government at this time will be more important than ever and will be critical as we were to emerge from the recession. we have a real opportunity here. we also have a real responsibility to help investment and success of our city. spur is committed to making
this happen. we hope that all of you join us as we work to leverage a lot of these partnerships once again. spur is a nonprofit. member-supported think tank in san francisco committed to the success of the city in all its forms. many of you are already members. can we get a show of hands of spur members? that's fantastic. thank you so much for your continued support of our organization. without your help, none of this would be possible. for those of you who are not yet members, i hope you'll join us and get involved. roll up your sleeves and really get involved in the nuts and bolts of the city. we can all work together to engage the city so we can all succeed together. we're all investors in this town. thank you very much for all of your support and for joining us this evening. it is now my pleasure to introduce wade rose, the chair of the 2012 good government awards.
wade? [applause] >> thank you, cory. appreciate it. good evening, everyone, and welcome to the 32nd annual good government awards. 32 years. finding people to give awards do because there are a lot of people who are dedicated to making sure that would we all get up in the morning, there's a road to drive on, and the water is clean, the city hums. it takes all of you, it takes all of us, to make sure that happens. that is 24/7 every day of the year. it is a huge undertaking. dignity health -- see if i can find my paper here. dignity held, as some of you know, formally known as catholic
healthcare west. we've changed our name about a month ago. we have been in the city about as long as did the government. about 1854. we represent a handful of organizations which are still in san francisco operating continually over 150 years to provide all of us service. in our case, its health care at st. francis and st. mary's hospital. our familiarity with the county and government starts from the very day that the sisters of mercy, who came over from ireland, got off on a clipper ship down by north beach. within a day, they got a knock on their door where they were staying. it was members of the san francisco board of supervisors who came to ask them to open san francisco general hospital,
which they did. they ran it for four years until a very familiar thing happened, and that was the county board of supervisors had a dispute about how to pay health care bills. the sisters said we've had enough of that and went on to create st. mary's hospital. as you can see, very familiar with how the city works. even then, over 150 years. it is an important issue. we're glad to be able to provide it. we're glad to be able to be here and to recognize some super creative people and the super creative programs. the committee which reviewed folks and review projects had a tough time picking who should be chosen and who should be recognized. the list is fantastic.